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Kate Garraway has revealed there's "huge challenges ahead" for her husband Derek Draper as his health battle continues.
The 54-year-old broadcaster was back on Good Morning Britain presenting duty on Friday alongside temporary co-host Alastair Campbell.
At the top of the show, Kate pointed out that strategist Alastair, 64, is an old friend of her husband Derek.
"You know my old man don't you," the mother of two asked her co-star.
Alastair, a former spokesperson for ex Prime Minister Tony Blair, replied: "Yes. I've worked with him and sometimes against him."
The communicator went on to ask how Derek is doing following his battle with coronavirus.
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Kate replied: "There's absolutely no doubt that there's huge challenges ahead.
"I told him I was with you this morning. Darcy asked me which friend of Derek you are."
Alastair said: "So him coming home doesn't mean that he's better."
"No, it doesn't mean that he's better," Kate confirmed.
The GMB star was told by doctors that Derek would be unlikely to recover if he didn't make progress within two years.
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Former Labour lobbyist Derek returned to the family home from hospital in April over a year after falling seriously ill with coronavirus.
In her book The Power of Hope, Kate revealed how Derek's neurologist, known as Dr W, told her "there is very little chance of him making a meaningful recovery".
Dr W admitted he had never seen a case like Derek's, so he found it hard to predict an outcome for him.
The former political adviser, who is the father of Kate's children Darcy and Billy, spent months in a coma and the effects of the virus ravaged his organs.
On multiple occasions Kate was told to expect the worst, and Derek's heart has stopped on more than once.
An intensive-care specialist also warned the former I'm A Celebrity contestant that Derek might never be the person he was again.
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He urged her to be strong and to give the medics time to do their work.
Kate wrote: "I sensed they were trying to wrap things up. But I couldn’t take in what they were saying. I wanted space to take it in. I didn’t want to wrap up on this level of bleakness."
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